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Village Stirring It Up For The 4th

Stewart Manor rolls out plans for annual event

There are a lot of things that Stewart Manor does right. One thing in particular is how the village celebrates our nation’s birthday. For it, Stewart Manor has begun prepping and approved the list of street closings for the parade route at its recent board of trustees meeting.

The annual 4th of July Fire Department Parade is slated to begin at 10:30 a.m. on at the corner of Stewart Ave and Fernwood Terrace North. Marchers will then proceed throughout the village along Covert Ave, Salisbury Ave, Dover Parkway, Cambridge Ave and Tulip Ave before returning to village hall.

The day’s festivities will conclude with a public barbecue in the municipal lot near village hall. From 11 a.m. till 3:30 p.m., attendees will be able to enjoy a live performance by His Boy Elroy and plenty of burgers and hot dogs. The barbecue will also feature children’s entertainment in the form of face painting, a dunk tank, and inflatable rides and slides. Fire department hats and t-shirts will also be sold.

“The residents line the streets with water balloons and squirt guns and soak the fireman as they walk the street on the parade route,” explains Fire Chief Tom Skinner. “It’s a great time for everyone from the kids to the grandparents.”

There will also be a special moment honoring the armed forces at the barbecue this year. The Stewart Manor Fire Department started participating in Operation Wounded Warrior ten years ago this July and will be receiving a plaque from the organization.

Deputy Mayor Michael Onorato gave a brief report of the village’s finances later in the meeting. The fiscal year that began in June 2013 ended this past Saturday, May 31. The village has taken in $2,381,802.79 in revenue with $2,422,468 in expenditures as of April 30. “Right now it looks like we’re running right on target,” Onorato said, although the finalized statements won’t be available until July. The board hopes to break even once the totals for the month of May come in next month.  

The village will also be hiring a new part-time parking meter attendant who will work mostly 8-hour shifts on Saturdays. The position pays $12 an hour. The board has expressed a desire in the past to utilize increased numbers of parking meters as a source of additional revenue for the village. The Bbard also reported that 294 tickets were issued in the month of April for parking violations.

News

Ozzie

Ozzie is a playful pup looking for a new friend to match his exuberance. He has begun basic obedience training at the shelter and so far has proven to be an “A” student. Ozzie is friendly and gets along well with other dogs. He needs an experienced companion dedicated to continuing his training.

Tullamore Park Old Timer’s Day reunion  

Calling all park rats, You are cordially invited to a Tullamore Park Old Timers’ Day Reunion that will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 to honor George Roth and Richie Anderson for their years of service to the Garden City Recreation Department.  

For all of you who have memories of spending most of your youth playing at the park, it’s a chance rekindle old friendships and play a game of softball or kickball and remember all the good times you had at your second home. There will be a $30 fee for all those who plan on attending (children are free) that includes a spot on the team, a T-shirt, and food at Doc O’Grady’s immediately following the games. All proceeds collected will be directed by the Friends of Garden City Arts, Parks and Recreation for general park improvements.


Sports

Summer Concert Schedule

Garden City’s Department of Recreation and Parks is happy to announce the schedule of its concert series “Summer Music on the Village Green.” The concert series will be held at the gazebo on the corner of Stewart and Hilton Avenues. Concerts are held on Thursdays beginning at 7:15 pm. The schedule is as follows:

July 24    Six Gun

July 31     Tangerine

August 7    The Terry Nova Little Big Band

August 14    Vintage Bliss

To register for any of the above programs for find out further information about openings, please visit www.gardencityrecreation.org for an application or the recreation office at 108 Rockaway Ave.

The Best Secret In Town!

Did you know that each of our neighbor hood parks runs a playground program every summer? Children entering 1st through 8th grades who are residents of the Village are invited to come to the park during the summer to find out what activities are taking place.

Each park has its own “flavor” and “favorite” activities. The park directors and their staff run games, sports, tournaments, and arts and crafts activities during the day and into the evening. Trips are also run through the parks.  


Calendar

Summer Concert: Six Gun

Thursday, July 24

Fivestone Returns To Friday Night Promenade

Friday, July 25

Marvelous Movie Matinee

Monday, July 28



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